Mastitis - Symptoms 

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Symptoms of mastitis 

Mastitis usually only affects one breast and symptoms often develop quickly.

These symptoms include:

  • a red, swollen area on your breast that may feel hot and painful to touch
  • an area of hardness on your breast
  • a burning pain in your breast that may be continuous or may only occur when you are breastfeeding 
  • nipple discharge - which may be white or may contain streaks of blood

Over half of women with mastitis may also experience flu-like symptoms such as:

  • aches
  • high temperature (fever) of 38C (100.4F) or above
  • shivering and chills
  • tiredness
  • feeling generally unwell

Visit your GP immediately if you experience these symptoms, and you also have a red, tender area on your breast.

Mastitis is not usually a serious condition, but advice and prompt treatment may be needed to stop the condition getting worse.

Speaking to your GP or midwife will also help to reassure you.

Page last reviewed: 13/06/2012

Next review due: 13/06/2014

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